Costa Coffee in Locks Heath has reopened after a £96,000 refurbishment

A coffee shop has reopened after a week’s break due to a huge refurbishment.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 4:18 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 2:06 pm
Costa in Locks Heath Shopping Centre, reopened on Friday, February 7, after a refurbishment. Pictured is: (l-) The Mayor of Fareham Pamela Bryant and Mayoress Louise Clubley with Kasia Culshaw, store manager and Antony Tagliamonti, CEO of Scoffs Group. Picture: Sarah Standing (070220-7062)

Costa Coffee in Locks Heath was closed for seven days while it underwent a massive £96,000 refurb which saw it transform into the company’s new ‘store of the future’ design.

It officially reopened on Friday, February 7 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Staff at the branch were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham, Councillor Pamela Bryant and Councillor Louise Clubley, the CEO of the franchise Antony Tagliamonti, chief operating officer Kris Dungey, property development director Danny Kent, as well as Cuppy the Costa mascot.

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Costa in Locks Heath Shopping Centre, reopened on Friday, February 7, after a refurbishment. Picture: Sarah Standing (070220-7103)

The Mayor officially cut the ribbon and declared the store open.

The Locks Heath branch is a franchise of Costa Coffee, which is owned by Scoffs Group, which was set up in 2012 and is the biggest franchise of the coffee shop and owns 91 stores across the country.

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CEO Antony said: ‘It was well overdue and we are really excited to see Locks Heath in the format that it is.

‘It’s one of our best stores in terms of success for its size. The manager Kasia is our store manager of the year and what a great thing to be able to do this too.

‘It has been a real pleasure and it’s good to hear all of the customers’ comments. It’s their community store and it’s their place to meet.’

The refurbishment was part of the cafe’s ‘store of the future’ design campaign, which has seen all its stores have a facelift over the last few years.

The old furniture was donated to MAKE Gosport – a community-based shared workshop for creative people – who will put the materials towards community projects to reduce waste.

She said: ‘It’s absolutely amazing, the store looks absolutely fabulous. It’s such a difference and it looks great.

‘We’re always busy no matter what day it is, it’s a great location, we have a great team, it’s absolutely fantastic.’

Kasia helped to redesign the bar area as she felt the staff needed a better layout with easy access to get in and out of the bar.